Sharon (Gentry) Cruickshank
CHATHAM – Sharon (Gentry) Cruickshank passed away peacefully on Wednesday, March 8 in Chatham at the age of 80. Sharon was born in 1937, in Findlay, Ohio, to Hazel M. (Corbin) and Myles F. Gentry.
After graduating from Port Clinton, Ohio, High School in 1955, she attended Kent State University where she received her Bachelor of Arts degree, magna cum laude, in 1959. While there, she was active on campus and was nominated for the honor of Miss Kent State University. She was further distinguished by being named the first female editor of a campus publication, The Kent State Burr, an award-winning yearbook. Much of her lifetime work, both professional and volunteer, involved publicity, public relations and editing.
Having lived in Dover, for 30 years, she retired in 2000 to Chatham – a favorite summer spot since 1960. She was a member and involved for many years with the Eldredge Public Library, Monomoy Yacht Club, Chatham Garden Club, and the First Congregational Church. She was an avid duplicate bridge player and achieved the rank of Bronze Life Master.
Before Chatham she had been active in many Dover organizations and was a past member of the Junior League of Boston. She was for many years an enthusiastic tennis player and enjoyed skiing with her family, to whom she had a passionate and enduring commitment.
Sharon is survived by and was the beloved wife for 56 years of Robert E. Cruickshank. She, also, leaves two sons -- James E. (and his wife Karen), and Andrew Cruickshank (and his wife, Marilyn). Sharon was the adoring, proud grandmother of Nicholas, Caroline, Samuel and Jack Cruickshank.
In keeping with her wishes, a private service will be held graveside when she is committed to the earth at Highland Cemetery in Dover, MA, at a later date.
In lieu of flowers, the family request that donations be specified for KSU scholarships and sent to Kent State University Foundation, 1061 Fraternity Circle, PO Box 5190, Kent, Ohio 44242-0001 or to Eldredge Public Library, 564 Main Street, Chatham, MA 02633.